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Ryan focused on 7s target

Maciu Malo
Sunday, February 02, 2014

NATIONAL 7s coach Ben Ryan says he doesn't need an assistant coach, and he knows exactly what he's doing with the team.

Ryan made the statement in response to comments by a former national coach, Peni Veidreyaki, on the team's dismal performance in Las Vegas last weekend.

Veidreyaki had said Ryan needed a Fijian assistant coach and that the Englishman could do with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis to determine the cause of the team's below par performance in Las Vegas following their good performances in Dubai and South Africa.

In response, Ryan said he knew what he was doing.

"Everyone has their own opinion about the team but I am one of the experienced and successful coaches in the history of the game and I know what I am doing," he said.

"I don't need an assistant at the moment. I set my own standards and when I do things I've got to be careful that what I am explaining to the players is well understood.

"It's not lost in translation in English, and I make sure the boys understand my commands at the same time I understand them.

"It's natural for people to air their opinion — and I know what I am doing."

Ryan who graduated from England's Loughborough University with a Bachelor in Science in Sports Science said the team's record spoke for itself.

"Look at the facts, we have players who featured in less IRB 7s tournaments than other big teams.

"We are a very inexperienced team in terms of IRB 7s caps but we have scored more tries against any other team in the world.

"We have the number one and two top try scorers in the team and the boys are still third in the World Series but they are pushing hard.

"Remember they are still young and it takes time. You can't build a team overnight. Rome was not built in a day and this team will take time to jel, and that is all we can ask for."

Ryan made his debut as England 7s coach in Wellington in 2007 and carried through to Dubai in 2012. He is the longest-serving England 7s coach recording 250 games from 49 HSBC IRB World Series tournaments before being approached to guide Kenya last season.


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